Notice of final disposition; denial of application for exemption.
FMCSA announces its decision to deny the exemption request from PTS Worldwide, Inc. (PTS). PTS sought an exemption from the hours- of-service (HOS) requirement for drivers utilizing the sleeper-berth (S/B) exception. PTS transports highly sensitive cargo for the Department of Defense (DOD) and proposes that its team drivers be permitted to obtain 10 hours in the S/B in two periods, neither less than 4 hours long. This would allow the driver to split the required 10 hours into segments of 4/6, 5/5, or 6/4 hours. FMCSA analyzed the exemption application and public comments, and determined that the application lacked evidence that would ensure an equivalent level of safety or greater would be achieved absent such exemption.